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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Birth (infancy) (08/20/09)

TITLE: Right on Time
By Karen Gross


It was at the Thanksgiving Banquet at our church Ė a festive celebration of music, fellowship, counting our blessings, and consuming hearty helpings of Godís bounty. A time of fullness, both spiritual and physical.

For me, there was an extra measure of fullness. I was great with child. We were awaiting the birth of our second child, scheduled to arrive in about a week.

Babies in my family are punctual. I was born on my motherís due date, and my first daughter was born on my due date. At least, we were punctual for our arrival times into this world. We have been late for almost everything since then.

Back to the Banquet scene. Sometime between the mashed potatoes and the pumpkin pie, I started feeling a bit unsettled. I was sitting with my friend Leona and her daughter Sheila, who had been a student of mine. Leona noticed my squirming and asked if I was okay. I told her ďIím fine. I probably just ate too much.Ē

As the evening progressed, my unsettled feelings began to assert themselves. Leona asked again, ďAre you sure you are alright?Ē ďIím fine. I think itís Braxton Hicks contractions. The baby is due next Monday.Ē

I donít know if Leona believed me, but I managed to convince myself that I was just fine. I didnít even tell my husband about it that evening. The Banquet had run late, and he needed to get up at three in the morning. He was working for a trucking company, and deliveries were usually scheduled for the wee hours when normal people are still snug in their beds.

I couldnít get to sleep, so I got up and turned on the TV. By about midnight, the Braxton Hicks contractions were coming every twenty minutes. I was still awake when my husband left for work, and Iím not sure why, but I didnít tell him about my unsettled feelings. I guess I didnít want him to worry. I still hadnít admitted to myself that these were labour pains. After all, we still had another week before the baby came.
By about five in the morning, I had to tell myself the truth. This baby was not coming on time. She was fixing to be early. I called my husband (Thank God for cell phones!) but by then he was two hours away, making his deliveries. He went ahead and made his deliveries, remembering how long the labour lasted for the first one. Plus this baby wasnít due for another week.

By six in the morning, I realized that I had to get to the hospital. I called some friends to take my daughter and give me a ride to the hospital. I finished my delivery before my husband finished his that day.

I delivered a beautiful baby girl, a week early.

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Mildred Sheldon08/28/09
One thing I've learned is that man guesses but God knows just when it is the right time for babies to be born. He is SO GOOD.
Sunny Loomis 09/02/09
Good story. God has His own timing. Thanks for this piece.
Deborah Porter 09/03/09
Hi Karen. I just wanted to leave a quick note to let you know your entry, Right on Time, actually did very well in the Birth Challenge. Although you didn't receive an award, you made it into the Highest Rankings for Level 2, placing 7th in that Level.

If you'd like to check the highest rankings for yourself, you can find them here:

The highest rankings are posted every Thursday evening on the Message Boards.

Again, well done!

Just a quick reminder about this yearís Page Turner Contest for 500 members. If you have a novel in the works (even just the first chapter), this contest is a must to enter:

With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)